Framed by a long stretch of sandy beach, rugged mountains and lush countryside, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô and Angsana Lang Co are prime holiday locations, set amongst the pristine coastlines and tropical jungles of Lang Co. A site full of local culture and luxury, I recently spent three days discovering these two beautiful properties, the first, a magical, romantic resort full of lagoon, beach front and hill side villas, the second, a paradise for families, full of exhilarating activities, food and a pool that quite literally wraps around the entire property.
There is something for everyone at both resorts (the beauty of them being so close together), so wherever you are, you can learn a new skill, play a new game, or simply reconnect in a new place. Those who seek an active break can hike in the Truong Son Mountain Range, visit nearby villages by bike or tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo. Culture aficionados, can visit the nearby enchanting imperial city of Hue and the historical ruins of My Son or explore the UNESCO World Heritage historic town of Hoi An – a trading port town dating back to the 14th century with a variety of traditional goods, delicious Vietnamese street food, craft villages, and quaint streets lined with beautiful shops and cafes. Both resorts offer daily shuttle buses to all these sites making it easy, convenient and cheap to see culture in-between hours of basking in the sunshine.
Moving from land to sea, you can navigate the mangroves with a traditional basket boat or take a trip down the spectacular 13,969 m-long underground river in the Phong Nha Caves. There is also a multitude of watersports and beach games – the jet skiing is particularly thrilling! A small river connects the two resorts, which has been adorned with local Vietnamese lanterns. This is well worth a trip at night if you are travelling between resorts for dinner.
There is plenty for the foodies among you (me included!) with a handful of brilliant restaurants boasting many different cuisines and an interactive cookery class for an insightful look into Vietnamese cuisine. Here, you will get the chance to create an authentic Bun Bo Hue, a regional noodle dish, as well as Vietnamese Summer Spring Rolls, and Pomelo and Squid Salad. Between the two resorts, there are six restaurants from beachfront Italian cuisine at Azure and Vietnamese cuisine in all-day-dining restaurant Water Court to sumptuous Thai cuisine overlooking the stunning hilltop views at Saffron, both at Banyan Tree Lang Co. At Angsana, there is the delicious Indo-Chinese food at Market Place, authentic Vietnamese at Moomba and richly flavoured cocktails at Rice Bar. Thu Quan at Banyan Tree also makes for a perfect sundowner spot where you can enjoy a cocktail or two with views over the sea and beyond. Once boots have been filled with food, you can work it off with a handful of daily complimentary activities and classes including yoga (a thoroughly enjoyable experience!), kick boxing and hillside hiking. Other complimentary activities include a kayak safari and competitions, Canh Doung Village tours, fruit carving, cocktail making, karaoke and more. Looking for something less intense? Then look no further than the Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas, where you can enjoy unique treatments incorporating local natural ingredients such as the Basil Fresh Body Polish and Coffee Coco Body Polish or indulge in a signature hydro-treatment in one of the two Rainmist Rooms.
Moving onto the resorts, we spent our first night in the ultimate family friendly destination – Angsana Lang Co – in a Seaview Junior Pool suite, where you can gaze out of your bedroom’s floor to ceiling glass window onto an amazing view of the endless sea, dive into your own plunge pool or chill on your spacious balcony. Colours of orange and beige fill the living space, bedroom and bathroom and regardless of your location, you are always near the huge swimming pool which surrounds the entire resort. The resort also has a myriad of two bedroom suites and duplexes, my personal favourite being the Angsana Loft. A triumph in resort living, this double-storey loft is spacious with living and dining rooms, two bedrooms, a personal pool, a timber pool deck with sun loungers and an outdoor pavilion. More importantly, it offers unblocked views of the sea and forest-covered mountain. The 179 square metre suite has one master bedroom with a king-sized bed and a second bedroom with twin beds (perfect for kids).
A short trip down the river later, we arrived at Banyan Tree Lang Co, a resort surrounded by lush greenery, water and lanterns, all interconnected with small tracks made for bikes and buggies only. Our villa, The Beach Pool Villa, was a stone’s throw from the beach with a private pool, hot tub, timber sundeck and a spacious sala pavilion offering an unparalleled view of the sandy beach and lapping waves. Check-in was all handled in our luxurious abode and cold water, towels and fruit was waiting for us at the sunloungers. Each villa comes with a personal villa host and ours was top notch! From arranging our bookings and bringing our favourite type of fruit to creating a photo frame from shells and drawing a hot bath full of bubbles and petals, the host had it covered! The resort oozes a sense of serenity, romance and relaxation – my only regret is that we didn’t get to stay for longer!
Those looking for the icing on the cake of an already terrific experience can engage in an evening of blissful privacy and serenity by dining under a blanket of stars along the breeze-touched shores of a romantic beach corner, overlooking the expansive ocean. Alternatively, perched on the canal in the sanctuary of a private pagoda, you can enjoy the ‘Mood For Love’ experience whilst being served a tantalising modern Vietnamese menu by their very own waiter. Surrounded by colourful Vietnamese lanterns and overlooking the serene water, this is the ultimate dining à deux experience. If none of these appeal, you can opt for complete privacy and retreat to your villa for a candle-lit dinner served by a personal chef and waiter.
An experience well worth exploring, Banyan Tree and Angsana Lang Co come top of my list of places to stay when visiting Vietnam. Making it even easier, book Angsana now and enjoy incredible savings of up to 40% off your summer holiday this year. With 12 Angsana resorts across nine destinations including the Maldives, Mauritius, China and Vietnam, guests can opt for a chilled-out beach holiday, a cultural adventure, a nature-inspired retreat, a golf vacation or an exotic spa retreat.